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The 16 Stories Behind the 2017 Building of the Year Award Winners

09:30 - 16 February, 2017
The 16 Stories Behind the 2017 Building of the Year Award Winners

After two weeks of nominations and voting, last week we announced the 16 winners of the 2017 Building of the Year Awards. In addition to providing inspiration, information, and tools for architecture lovers from around the world, ArchDaily seeks to offer a platform for the many diverse and global voices in the architecture community. In this year's Building of the Year Awards that range of voices was once again on display, with 75,000 voters from around the world offering their selections to ultimately select 16 winners from over 3,000 published projects.

Behind each of those projects are years of research, design, and labor. In the spirit of the world's most democratic architecture award, we share the stories behind the 16 buildings that won over our global readership with their urban interventions, humanitarianism, playfulness, and grandeur.

Winners of the 2017 Building of the Year Awards

07:00 - 9 February, 2017
Winners of the 2017 Building of the Year Awards

With two weeks of nominations and voting now complete, we are happy to present the winners of the 2017 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards. As a peer-based, crowdsourced architecture award, these winners were chosen by the collective intelligence of over 75,000 votes from ArchDaily readers around the world, filtering over 3,000 projects down to the 16 best works featured on ArchDaily in 2016.

The winners, as always, include a diversity of architectural output from around the globe. Alongside high-profile, perhaps even predictable winners—who would have bet against BIG's first completed project in New York or Herzog & de Meuron's long-awaited philharmonic hall in Hamburg?—are more niche and surprise winners, from Nicolás Campodonico's off-grid chapel in Argentina to ARCHSTUDIO's organic food factory in China. The list also features some returning favorites such as spaceworkers, whose Casa Cabo de Vila brings them their second win in the housing category, repeating their success from 2015.

In being published on ArchDaily, these 16 exemplary buildings have helped us to continue our mission, bringing inspiration, knowledge, and tools to architects around the world. This award wouldn't be possible without the hundreds of firms that choose to publish their projects with ArchDaily every year, or without those who take part in the voting process to become part of our thousands-strong awards jury. To everyone who took part—either by submitting a project in the past year, or by nominating and voting for candidates in the past weeks—thank you for giving strength to this award. And of course, congratulations to all the winners!

Read on to see the full list of winning projects.

ICD-ITKE Research Pavilion 2015-16 / ICD-ITKE University of Stuttgart

11:00 - 5 May, 2016
ICD-ITKE Research Pavilion 2015-16 / ICD-ITKE University of Stuttgart, © ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart
© ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart

© ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart © ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart © ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart Process. Image © ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart +47

AD Readers Debate: RIP Zaha Hadid

10:30 - 8 April, 2016
AD Readers Debate: RIP Zaha Hadid, © Steve Double
© Steve Double

Of course, the top story in recent weeks has been the sudden death of Dame Zaha Hadid, who passed away last week in Miami. At just 65 years of age, and at the height of her powers as an architect, the news of Hadid’s passing was a shock to many and unsurprisingly was met with grief from many of our readers. Read on to see what tributes those readers left, along with opinions on other stories from recent weeks.

The Depreciating Value of Form in the Age of Digital Fabrication

00:00 - 13 April, 2014
The Depreciating Value of Form in the Age of Digital Fabrication, The ICD / ITKE Research Pavilion 2011, demonstrating an example of a Voronoi diagram at work. Image © ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart
The ICD / ITKE Research Pavilion 2011, demonstrating an example of a Voronoi diagram at work. Image © ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart

In this article, originally appearing on the Australian Design Review as "Tolerance and Customisation: a Question of Value", Michael Parsons argues that the complex forms made possible by digital fabrication may soon be victims of their own popularity, losing their intrinsic value as they become more common and the skill required to make them decreases.

The idea of tolerance in architecture has become a popular point of discussion due to the recent mainstreaming of digital fabrication. The improvements in digital fabrication methods are allowing for two major advancements: firstly, the idea of reducing the tolerance required in construction to a minimum (and ultimately zero) and secondly, mass customisation as a physical reality. Digital fabrication has made the broad-brushstroke approach to fabrication tolerance obsolete and now allows for unique elements and tolerance specific to each element. The accuracy that digital fabrication affords the designer, allows for the creation of more complex forms with greater ease and control. So far, this has had great and far reaching implications for design.

Read on to find out how this ease of form-making could diminish the success of complex forms. 

ICD | ITKE Research Pavilion 2011 / ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart

01:00 - 18 January, 2012
ICD | ITKE Research Pavilion 2011 / ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart, © ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart
© ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart

© ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart © ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart © ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart © ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart +18

  • Architects

    ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart
  • Location

    Universität Stuttgart, Keplerstraße 11, 70174 Stuttgart, Germany
  • Concept And Project Development

    Oliver David Krieg, Boyan Mihaylov
  • Project Team

    Institute for Computational Design - Prof. AA Dipl.(Hons) Achim Menges Achim Menges, Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design - Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Knippers, Competence Network Biomimetics Baden-Württemberg
  • Planning and Realisation

    Peter Brachat, Benjamin Busch, Solmaz Fahimian, Christin Gegenheimer, Nicola Haberbosch, Elias Kästle, Oliver David Krieg, Yong Sung Kwon, Boyan Mihaylov, Hongmei Zhai
  • Scientific Development

    Markus Gabler (project management), Riccardo La Magna (structural design), Steffen Reichert (detailing), Tobias Schwinn (project management), Frédéric Waimer (structural design)
  • Volume

    200m³
  • Anisotropy

    The pavilion is a directional structure. The cells stretch and orient themselves according to mechanical stresses.
  • Area

    72.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    0
  • Photographs